Close relationships in psychiatric disorders

Guy Bodenmann, Ashley Randall

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Purpose of review: The current article provides an in-depth analysis of the social variable in the biopsychosocial model (BPS) of psychiatric disorders. Based on existing evidence, we posit understanding the role of the romantic partner is instrumental in the etiology of psychiatric disorders. Recent findings: The link between psychiatric disorders and relationship well being is bidirectional; depression can lead to decreased relationship satisfaction, and relationship quality can lead to the development of affective disorders (depression and anxiety). Expanding upon traditional individual-oriented therapeutic approaches, examining psychiatric disorders from a we-disease perspective (couple's therapy) proves to be beneficial in treating and preventing relapse. Summary: As the notion of we-disease suggests, each couple may benefit from a joint approach whereby each partner is viewed as an integral contributing factor to the process of recovery.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)464-467
Number of pages4
JournalCurrent Opinion in Psychiatry
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1 2013


  • Depression
  • Dyadic coping
  • Interpersonal relationships
  • Relationship quality
  • We-disease

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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